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Jan Flaherty

Postdoctoral Research Officer, CSI
Homelessness Project, Centre for Social Investigation

Research interests: Poverty, social exclusion, homelessness

Jan Flaherty joined the Centre for Social Investigation in November 2018 as a Postdoctoral Research Officer.  She is an experienced qualitative researcher working with Dr Elisabeth Garrett on a project examining homelessness pathways in Oxford and the role of support services in a local context.

Jan was previously a Research Associate at Durham University on an action research project exploring the dynamics of debt and high-cost credit in low income households and the potential for sustainable alternatives.  She also conducted research for the Scottish charity Poverty Alliance on behalf of the Scottish Borders Commission on Poverty and Social Exclusion to investigate the impact of poverty in the region.  Recently Jan has worked as an Intensive Support Worker with families with multiple and complex needs.

Jan Flaherty


Flaherty, J. and Banks, S. (2013), In whose interest? The dynamics of debt in poor households, Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, Volume 21, Number 3, pp. 219-232.

Banks, S., Brown, G., Flaherty, J., Herrington, T and  Waters, M (2013) Debt on Teesside: Pathways to Financial Inclusion. Final report. Durham: Centre for Social Justice and Community Action.

Downey, J., Stephens, M. and Flaherty, J. (2012) The 'sluice-gate' public sphere and the national DNA database in the UK. Media, Culture and Society, 34 (4), pp. 439 - 456.

Flaherty, J. (2008) Getting By, Getting Heard: Listening to the Voices of Experience, Final report for the Scottish Borders Social Exclusion and Poverty Commission, Glasgow: Poverty Alliance.

Flaherty, J. (2006) ‘Impoverished Citizenship?’ in Weir, S (Ed) Unequal Britain: Human rights as a route to social justice, London: Politico.

Flaherty, J., Viet-Wilson, J. and Dornan, P. (2004) Poverty the Facts, London: CPAG.